I have suffered from depression in the past and I am not ashamed to admit that. I've also struggled with social anxiety. It's okay to have a mental health disorder; it doesn't mean you're weird, and it's not the end of the world. You can get better and you can get help. There are many famous people who also struggle with mental health issues. I am so glad and proud that they have been brave enough to tell people about their mental health issues, because spreading awareness is important. The more we talk, the more we can defeat the stigma and help others who've suffered feel better about themselves.
1. Tim Burton - Suspected Autism
I love Tim Burton's films. He is an awesome director and I had no idea he had autism! But obviously his condition doesn't stop him: Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, The Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas - do I really need to say more?
2. Catherine Zeta Jones - Bipolar II
Catherine has Bipolar II. This type of bipolar can be mistaken for depression because the "up" periods, or hypomania, are harder to detect. Catherine Zeta Jones did the right thing and got treated for it, which is a very brave thing to do. Battling with mental illness is hard - I can't imagine what she went through!
3. Mel Gibson - Bipolar I
Bipolar I was known as manic-depressive disorder, or manic depression. However, there has been speculation in the past whether bipolar is the reason for Mel Gibson's erratic behavior.
4. Stephen Fry - Bipolar
Stephen Fry - actor, comic and presenter of QI, has bipolar disorder. He wasn't diagnosed until he was 37, and has suffered with depression for much of his life. I hate to think that this man has suffered - he seems so lovely! But he has seen the positives in his condition too, which I think is really inspiring:
"I love my condition too. It's infuriating I know, but I do get a huge buzz out of the manic side. I rely on it to give my life a sense of adventure, and I think most of the good about me has developed as a result of my mood swings. It's tormented me all my life with the deepest of depressions while giving me the energy and creativity that perhaps has made my career." - Stephen Fry
5. Robin Williams - Depression
I love this man, and I wanted to mention him here because he has touched so many lives, and inspired so many people. He suffered severe depression for a long time, which is hard to imagine since he made millions laugh in so many awesome movies. This man is a genius. He really was extraordinary.
6. Ruby Wax - Depression
Ruby Wax has suffered from depression, and openly talks about the illness and her own experiences. I think this is great; I really admire people who talk about their own experiences to help others - discussing your own mental health issues can be very difficult, and like everyone on this list, I think Ruby is really brave.
7. Markiplier - ADHD
Mark Fischback is known as Markiplier on YouTube. He has a gaming channel that has over 9 million subscribers and has raised thousands of dollars for charity. He's a great guy (and I recommend you check his channel out!).
8. Shane Dawson - Depression
Shane Dawson is also a famous YouTuber with over 6 million subscribers on his channel, and he has suffered from depression, amongst other issues. This brave and kind man recently uploaded a video about his sexuality, confessing that he has felt confused for a long time. I'm really proud of Shane, and cannot express my admiration for what he's done. This video will help so many people who are confused too, and let them know that they're not alone. Well done to Shane, and his channel is amazing.
9. Robbie Williams - Depression
Robbie Williams has suffered from depression due to ecstasy use. Studies have shown that people who use ecstasy can have depression levels that are four times higher than normal. Robbie Williams has spoken to the Daily Mail and also on Radio 1 about his experiences , and I'm really glad he has. He's now clean, happily married, and has two children - and I'm very happy for him!
10. Marilyn Monroe - Depression
The book 'Fragments' reveals her "scars of sexual abuse; the pain of psychotherapy; the betrayal by her third husband, Arthur Miller; the constant specter of hereditary madness; and the fierce determination to master her art." It's a real shame to think that Marilyn suffered so much heartache, but the beautiful actress will forever remain an inspiration to us all.
I want to ask one more thing of you: Please share this post. It's worth taking the time to click a button and share a link if it could help at least one person. I hope this has helped and inspired you, or someone you know. We all have our demons, our issues, our battles. But we must keep going and never be afraid to voice our emotions, thoughts and experiences. Let's help each other and stay strong - because you will be in a positive and better place soon, I promise! Whatever you're going through, hang in there. Thank you for reading this.
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